While the rest of the grid were busy testing their 2012 cars in Barcelona last week, the Marussia team issued a worrying statement about their new car failing to pass 1 of the 18 crash tests and as a result, the new MR01 wasn’t on track at Circuit de Catalunya.
Fear not though, the car has now been unveiled at Silverstone and along with the McLaren it’s the only car on the grid without a stepped nose – let’s hope it pays off in performance as much as it does in aesthetics.
It’s reassuring to see the car and to know that they’re literally back on track for 2012.
Winter testing wasn’t all doom and gloom either, they will have plenty of data on the 2012 Pirelli tyres and be able to compare them with 2011 using the data from the 2011 car. New boy Charles Pic also completed a massive amount of laps in the 2011 car around Catalunya so that’s good too.
Here’s what the team had to say following the launch:
The MR01, the Marussia F1 Team’s contender for the 2012 season, has made its on-track debut. The Anglo-Russian team is running its new car for the first time today at Silverstone in the UK for a promotional event ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next weekend.
The MR01 is the product of a ground-up re-evaluation of the way the team designs its racing cars. As such, the car is almost entirely ‘new’ with very few carryover components from last year’s MVR-02. This presented the design team, led by Technical Consultant Pat Symonds, with the challenge of going back to basics to produce a solid mechanical package, whilst maintaining an eye towards achieving the incremental performance steps required to move the team forward.